Telmatobius stephani 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius stephani
Species Authority: Laurent, 1973

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Esteban Lavilla
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Endangered, in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km2 and area of occupancy of less than 500 km2, with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from only four localities (Río Encrucijada, La Cumbrecita, Cerro el Manchao and Casa de Piedra de los Cajones) in the Sierra de El Manchao, Catamarca Province, in north-western Argentina. It has an altitudinal range of 2,200-2,300m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a rare species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is wholly aquatic, breeding in small rivulets in mountain Yungas forest. The species does not occur in modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is habitat loss, due to both selective logging and clear-cutting of primary Yungas forest. Other threats include the introduction of predatory fishes (trout), alteration of watersheds, agricultural activities, and potential mining within the area. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas, and there is a need for immediate protection of its montane forest habitat. This species requires careful population monitoring, particularly given the potential threat of chytridiomycosis.

Citation: Esteban Lavilla. 2004. Telmatobius stephani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57363A11614288. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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